23:53 - Sunny Pagliaccio Note to self: Do NOT open links on max volume in the middle of a quiet night. Otherwise, not bad. :D
23:52 - Apothecary Fast food workers planning a strike in support of $15/hour wages next month. I'm a tutor in a reading lab at a college and I don't even make that much, a bit of an overestimation of one's importance, don'tcha think?
"To Breach And Grieve", a brand new video from Belgium thrashers After All, is now available for viewing below. The song is taken from the band's latest album Dawn Of The Enforcer, which was released back in May, 2012, through Roadrunner Records.
After all the speculation of Black Sabbath reforming, Tony Iommi has posted a new statement on his official website calling the apparent reunion "absolute nonsense". Here is his statement:
I'm saddened that a Birmingham journalist whom I trusted has chosen this point in time to take a conversation we had back in June and make it sound like we spoke yesterday about a Black Sabbath reunion.
At the time I was supporting the Home of Metal exhibition and was merely speculating, shooting the breeze, on something all of us get asked constantly, "Are you getting back together?"
Thanks to the internet it's gone round the world as some sort of "official" statement on my part, absolute nonsense. I hope he's enjoyed his moment of glory, he won't have another at my expense.
"Timeless Machine", a brand-new track from Belgian thrashers After All, has been made available for streaming at this location.
"Timeless Machine" comes off the band's upcoming new limited edition EP Becoming The Martyr, which will be available from the After All merch booth during the Killfest 2011 European tour with Overkill, Destruction and Heathen.
Becoming The Martyr features 3 brand new tracks as well as 2 more tracks from the Cult Of Sin album, re-recorded with the new After All line-up. The EP was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at the infamous Unisound Studios in Örebro, Sweden.
Belgium's loudest After All have parted ways with long-running vocalist Piet Focroul and bassist Erwin Casier. After All extend thanks and appreciation to both Piet and Erwin for the many years they gave it all for the band. The thrash attack continues with vocalist Sammy Peleman (September Syn) and bassist Frederik Vanmassenhove (ex-Aborted). "Welcome to the madness!"
In other news, After All confirmed their presence as direct support on Fear Factory's upcoming tour dates in Belgium (Feb. 21) and The Netherlands (Feb. 22).
It's official: the new After All album is called "Cult Of Sin".
The Belgian Thrash metal band comments: "Right now, we're looking at an early March 2009 release. We'll announce the exact date in a couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, we can already reveal Gabriel Bueno's amazing artwork for the new album. Gabriel has been designing some very interesting stuff lately, for bands like Killswitch Engage, Lamb Of God and Unearth. It's nice to be part of such an impressive portfolio.
Dan Swanö (known from his work for Edge Of Sanity, Hail Of Bullets, Novembers Doom, among others) finished mixing and mastering "Cult Of Sin" earlier this week at Unisound in Örebro, Sweden. Dan provided us with an ultra-heavy, yet crystal clear sound, exceeding any expectation we had - just the way this record was supposed to sound!
"After All spent most of June at the Hype Studio in Mechelen, Belgium recording basic tracks for six scorching new After All tracks. A nice little intro, outro and a cover tune were recorded as well. Early October we resume recording, finishing the June session and adding another three or four extra songs.
Dee J. is in charge of the recording, assisted by X-tof. After All guitarist Drieze is producing and overseeing the operation, as usual. Mixing and mastering duties will be handled by Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Hail Of Bullets, Novembers Doom) at the legendary Unisound Studio in Örebro, Sweden.
The new album is set for a late 2008 release on Dockyard 1 in Europe and on Locomotive Records in the US."
Calling in from a frozen tundra somewhere in Iowa, Arsis frontman/guitarist Jim Malone provides this update:
"Everyone's fine. Hard to believe this happened during the day, but the road is solid ice. The trailer flipped, broke loose of the hitch, and is now stuck in a snow bank. Better the trailer and not us. We're waiting to get it towed, since it's unusable. It's lodged in ice and we can't get to our gear, but we're sure it's all smashed. We need to assess the situation and see how much of our gear still works before we can say anything about finishing out the rest of the tour. We can't afford to buy a new trailer at this point. Again, we apologize to our fans. We'll have an update soon."
"Thanks a lot to the 17,484 people who voted in the poll, it was very much appreciated! Poll Results]
As you know, this time we decided not to decline the Wacken Open Air offer as usual, but to have a poll and hear your views on it firsthand, before making our decision. Obviously we realised that a lot of people who would be voting would not necessarily be into Bolt Thrower, but we were very interested in the comments you would send. In the end we received hundreds of comments, and the huge majority confirmed what we were already thinking, that WOA 2008 is not the right festival for Bolt Thrower.
We would like to thank the WOA organisers for their very unique offer and wish them every success, and for those of you going to WOA 2008, and who voted in favour of us playing there, we hope you have a great weekend.
Belgian's loudest - Thrash Metal band - After All have updated their website with the following update:
"For reasons beyond his control, After All singer Piet Focroul is forced to sit out most of the upcoming European tour with Vicious Rumors and Agent Steel. On the affected dates, Piet will be replaced by Peter Evrard.
The scheduled dates in Dortmund, Frankfurt, Weert, Eeklo (Meetjesland Metalfest IV), Noordwijk and Rijssen are not affected and will feature Piet as lead singer. Peter joins the tour from September 10th in Pratteln, Switzerland, until the end of the run in Vienna, Austria on September 29th.
The show must go on indeed. However, Peter joining the band is a temporary thing only. From October on, Piet returns and will perform with After All as scheduled."
Sweden's Soilwork, who were announced as replacement for Six Feet Under on the European X-Mass Festival Tour just two days ago, aren't part of the fold after all. Such was reported by the organizers Metallysee (Benelux) and Sub-Kultur (Germany), and the corresponding news on the website of the band's label Nuclear Blast have also been withdrawn. Gorefest, Belphegor, Trail Of Tears and Darzamat, the remaining line-up of the tour, will now be joined by other artists at the individual dates. The updated schedule with the respective bands reads as follows:
08.12. - GER, Berlin: Gorefest, Belphegor, Melechesh, Darzamat, Trail Of Tears, SkyForger
10.12. - AUT, Vienna: Gorefest, Belphegor, Trail Of Tears, Madder Mortem, Darzamat, + special guest